Chicago Construction Company Fined $196,000 for Workers’ Lead Exposure
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2013 – OSHA has cited a Chicago resident for violating lead exposure standards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Chicago resident Waclaw Cilulko’s construction company, American Masonry Inc., for seven counts of willfully violating OSHA’s lead exposure standards. OSHA inspectors found that workers at a building in Chicago were exposed to unsafe levels of lead while conducting sandblasting operations. The agency has proposed a total of $196,000 in penalties.
“Lead exposure is very dangerous, and construction companies need to take proper precautions to ensure workers remain safe, particularly when working on Chicago’s older buildings,” said Chicago workers’compensation attorney Robert Briskman. “The list of alleged violations is extensive and, if true, seems to indicate a total disregard for the presence of lead and the hazards that come with it.”
The alleged violations against American Masonry involve:
• failure to properly evaluate workers’ ability to wear tight-fitting, full-face respirators;
• failure to provide proper fit tests for respirators;
• failure to determine workers’ initial blood levels of lead prior to work;
• failure to monitor workers’ blood levels of lead during and after work;
• failure to provide and ensure the proper use of appropriate protective clothing;
• failure to provide clean changing areas to prevent contamination of workers’ personal clothing;
• failure to establish and implement a written lead safety compliance program;
• and dry sweeping construction debris and spent abrasive instead of vacuuming.
OSHA considers a violation to be willful if it is committed with intentional or voluntary disregard for regulations or with plain indifference to the health and safety of workers.
Waclaw Cilulko operates at least six Chicago-area companies that work with masonry, stone, and stucco. Since 1978, OSHA has inspected his companies 39 times and cited them with 137 violations.
American Masonry has 15 days from the issuance of the citations to either pay the proposed penalties, request an informal meeting with OSHA’s area director, or dispute the violations before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Robert Briskman is a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney and Chicago workers compensation lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654
Facebook: Like Us!
Google Places: Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Briskman Briskman & Greenberg on Google Places!
- Illinois sees decrease in malpractice payouts and Drunk drivers get a second chance – Podcast
Diedrich Healthcare performed an analysis of 2013 medical malpractice payments that were recorded by the National Practitioner Data Bank. The insurer found that medical malpractice payouts in Illinois decreased by $28 million from 2012 to 2013. Plus, a new bill is introduced to give drunk drivers a second chance on this month’s Chicago Injury Alert. [...]
- Chicago jury awards fourteen million dollars in medical malpractice lawsuit
A Chicago jury recently awarded $14 million to the plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff, Mariola Zapalski, was prescribed the birth control drug Yasmin. After taking the medication for 13 days, she suffered a stroke that resulted in a permanent brain injury and the paralysis of her left side. She now requires around-the-clock [...]
- Wrongful death lawsuit filed over drowning death after swan attack
The wife of a Villa Park man who died after being attacked by a swan has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man’s employer and against the condo complex where he was working when he died. According to the lawsuit, Anthony Hensley had responsibility over two swans in the Bay Colony condo complex in [...]
- Eleven million dollar birth injury lawsuit over Topamax stands
In a recent birth injury lawsuit, a jury award of $11 million will stand after a judge denied a defendant’s motion for a new trial. The jury made the award in November 2013 in a lawsuit over birth injuries suffered by a child whose mother, Haley Powell, used the antiepileptic drug Topamax during pregnancy. The [...]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: Chicago car accident attorney, Chicago car accident lawyer, Chicago Injury Attorney, Chicago Injury Lawyer, Chicago Personal Injury Attorney, Chicago personal injury lawyer, Chicago work injury attorney, Chicago work injury lawyer, Chicago workers compensation, Chicago workers compensation attorney, Chicago workers compensation attorneys, Chicago workers compensation lawyer, Chicago workers compensation lawyers, Chicago wrongful death attorney, Chicago wrongful death lawyer, workers compensation attorney Chicago, workers compensation attorneys Chicago